Publication date: Dec 24, 2019
Michael Hill, Associated Press Published 11:05 p. m. ET Dec. 23, 2019 Albany, N. Y. – Drug overdose patients rushed to some emergency rooms in New York’s Hudson Valley are asked a series of questions: Do you have stable housing?
Kathleen Sheehan, left, director of Emergency and Trauma Services, speaks with Sarah Horn, center, and Lead Case Manager Jeanne Icolari Dec. 19, 2019, in the Emergency room at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, N. Y. (Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP) If there’s a spike in overdoses, the system will send text alerts to health administrators and community workers.
The Hudson Valley system was adopted earlier this year by two hospitals north of New York City serving areas hard-hit by drug abuse: St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh and Ellenville Regional Hospital.
In northeastern Minnesota, a pilot system involving six hospitals uses information from case reports submitted by emergency room staff to quickly provide health officials with warnings about overdose clusters or unusual symptoms.
The Minnesota Drug Overdose and Substance Use Surveillance Activity system also analyzes blood or urine samples from a subset of patients to be able to detect patient exposure to fentanyl or other substances.
In Michigan, the System for Opioid Overdose Surveillance processes data from medical examiners and from EMS encounters in which overdose-reversing naloxone was administered.
The system allows first responders and others to enter data on suspected overdoses, including locations, times, naloxone dosages, victim ages and suspected drugs.
The Hudson Valley system gathers much of the same data as ODMAP, though Wilkin said it also collects information on patients’ housing and transportation status to give system users additional insights into the social conditions of people fighting addictions.
The Hudson Valley groups had been logging local overdose data on to a shared Google Document before health-care IT consultant Marisa Barbieri volunteered to create the current system.
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